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  • The Right View: Film raises the question of a world without 'America'

    Dinesh D'Souza's "America" was not what I was expecting. In the promotions for the documentary, D’Souza states, “America. Imagine what the world would be like without her.” It was a fascinating concept to me, to see one person’s interpretation of what the world woul...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a (recovering) soccer dad

    Our daughter Tess played soccer from the time she was a little girl until she got to college. Prior to her taking up the sport, I had little or no interest in the game. Then we lived the devoted lives of soccer moms and dads through travel team to premier and high school varsity soccer. It...

  • Letter: Scarborough council's arrogance

    It's long been realized that unhealthy ego leads to arrogance and arrogance can lead to abuse and abuse can create superheated ego. And so the cycle goes. Scarborough residents, who are watching, have just witnessed a classic example of that circular scenario with the abuse of power demonstrat...

  • Letter: South Portland decision unhealthy

    It was with great frustration that I listened to the City Council's decision to not allow citizens to determine the level of compensation for the council and to continue the coverage of health insurance. First, there is a huge inequity that exists on the council at present. Some councilors receive a...

  • Letter: Scarborough council erred

    On Aug. 19, Scarborough residents pleaded one more time with the Town Council to reconsider the unfair and unequal land swap of Depot Street with the Lighthouse Motel owners.   Once again residents left the meeting in a state of disbelief that the Town Council would not change...

  • The Universal Notebook: On the road to recovery

    Our all-American addiction to the automobile (an affliction from which I suffer shamefully, by the way) has led Maine to spend some $131 million of its stimulus money from the American Recovery and  Reinvestment Act on road and bridge projects. We seem determined to drive our way back to econo...

  • Letter: No need for Falmouth consultant

    I respectfully question why the Falmouth School Board finds it necessary to line another consultant's pockets with our money and then embark on a long and costly search process for a new School Superintendent. Doesn't our School Department have a succession program where each level of supervision is...

  • Global Matters: Health care rhetoric is enough to make you sick

    It's difficult to imagine a more disheartening display of public discourse than that which has surrounded the recent debate over health care in this country. From the confrontational smack-down between an angry constituent and Sen. Arlen Spector, D-Pa., to the pistol-packing zealot outs... 4

  • Letter: Cacoulidis deserves support

    Plans like John Cacoulidis' desire to erect a high-rise office building in Portland should be accepted with open arms. All too often, however, illogical opposition to such projects runs rampant. A global recession is as good a time as any to call this behavior what it is: nonsensical.

  • Letter: Next governor? Rowe

    I have regularly read and enjoyed Edgar Allen Beem's columns. He is an excellent writer who usually captures well the essence of Maine. That's why I was so surprised and disappointed by his wild prediction that a newcomer candidate with little, if any, public service experience would become Maine'... 3